Administration of Justice in Africa – Effectiveness, Acceptance and Assistance

ISBN 978-3-89645-802-5

Administration of Justice in Africa – Effectiveness, Acceptance and Assistance

33rd Annual Conference of the African Law Association, Loccum, Germany, 30th November – 2nd December 2007

Edited by: Oliver Meinecke, Harald Sippel. With contributions by: Leopold von Carlowitz, Isa Hayatu Chiroma, S.K. Date-Bah, Christian Grünhagen, Noha Ibrahim, Volker Lohse †, Kurt Madlener, Oliver Meinecke, Chris Maina Peter, Harald Sippel, Hans-Werner Wabnitz, Ulrike Wanitzek.

Series: RiA Recht in Afrika · Law in Africa · Droit en Afrique Year 2008, Issue 1

4 pp. Roman, 185 pp.
Text language(s): English, German
Format: 160 x 240 mm
310 g
€ 39.80

This special issue of the journal Law in Africa documents and complements a three day conference on Administration of Justice in Africa – Effectiveness, Acceptance and Assistance that took place in Rehburg-Loccum in the northern part of Germany in winter 2007. The conference was organised by the African Law Association in cooperation with and at the Protestant Academy Loccum.

The African Law Association opted for the subject matter of the conference mainly for two reasons: on the one hand, the administration of justice plays a key role for the legal development of a country, but on the other hand, neither jurisprudence nor international development cooperation are paying sufficient attention to it. Therefore the objective was to organise a conference that would summarise existing knowledge of the field, formulate new –and old but unsolved – questions for future scientific projects and gives some useful insight for forthcoming programmes of development co-operation.

The conference consisted of three sections and a panel discussion. All in all ten papers were presented by six scholars from African countries, namely Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania and Nigeria, and four German scholars. A closer look was taken on the administration of justice in select countries in East and West Africa (Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and parts of francophone West Africa).

In the first place issues of effectiveness of the administration of justice – of both state justice and the various traditional, religious and informal legal institutions of conflict resolution – were discussed. This led the participants to the second major aspect of the conference: the access to legal systems and the acceptance of justice. Finally the conference intended to take a look at the assistance of administration of justice by international development co-operation.

Table of contents · Table de matières

Oliver Meinecke / Harald Sippel: Administration of Justice in Africa – Introduction

Volker Lohse: Justiz in Afrika – Funktionsfähigkeit, Akzeptanz und Förderungsmöglichkeiten

Kurt Madlener: Conflict Resolution in Sub-Saharan Africa – An Overview

Ulrike Wanitzek: Women’s and Children’s Rights in Africa – A Case Study of International Human Rights and Family Law in Tanzanian Courts

S.K. Date-Bah: Judging in Ghana – Some Reflections

Leopold von Carlowitz: Local Ownership and the Rule of Law in Liberia

Noha Ibrahim: The Right to Fair Trial in the Light of the Interim National Constitution of Sudan Theory and Practice

Chris Maina Peter: Access to Justice – Creating a Role for Paralegals in the Administration of Justice in Africa

Isa Hayatu Chiroma: Making Justice Accessible to the Poor through Development Cooperation – A Case Study of the University of Maiduguri Law Clinic

Christian Grünhagen: Development Cooperation and Assistance for Legal and Judicial Reforms. The Way Forward – Experiences and Perspectives from German Development Cooperation

Hans-Werner Wabnitz: Reforming Legal Reform in Francophone Africa – World Bank’s Project Experience


Some of the contributions to the annual conferences of the African Law Association (Germany) have been published focusing on a special topic, see the following links:

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